Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?

Distracted Driving Accidents in Long Island, NY

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

In today's technologically advanced society, there are a multitude of ways in which a driver can distract themselves while behind the wheel. From talking on a cell phone and texting to utilizing a navigation system, it is no surprise that distracted driving accidents occur at an astounding rate across the country. According to the statistics that have been compiled by the U.S. Government's website for distracted driving, nearly 3,100 people are killed each year at the hands of a distracted driver, while another 416,000 are seriously injured. This means that approximately 18% of all collisions resulting in an injury are caused by distracted driving practices and that nearly 1.6 million accidents can be prevented annually by paying attention to the road. Although new laws have been implemented in nearly every state of the U.S. which ban the use of cell phones while driving, people continue to put themselves, and others, at risk when they decided to text and drive or carry on a conversation while navigating through congested roadways.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three mains types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. Unfortunately, most distracted driving practices involve all three. For example, if a driver decides to input data into a navigation system while driving, they are not only taking their eyes off of the road, but they are taking their hands off of the wheel and applying their attention to something other than the road in front of them. As such, it is no surprise that 1 in 3 drivers report that they feel less safe while behind the wheel than they did five years ago—the reason being the much greater prevalence of distracted drivers out on the road. When a careless individual decides to endanger themselves and anyone else in the vicinity, they have also inadvertently taken on the responsibility of paying for the subsequent damage that they cause. For this reason, if you or a loved one has been injured in this type of car accident, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. As such, you should waste no time in speaking to a Long Island personal injury attorney after an accident.

Taking the Right Steps after a Collision

If you are ever involved in a distracted driving accident, you must remember to take a few simple steps—as doing so could mean the difference between recovering compensation for your injuries and suffering the consequences alone. First, it is important to take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage that was done to your vehicle and the other driver's vehicle, as well as of any injuries that you have sustained. By snapping a few quick pictures with your cell phone, you will have undisputable physical evidence. Secondly, do not hesitate to speak to any witnesses and gather their contact information for future reference. In the event that the other party makes false allegations about how the accident really happened, you will have at least one other person on your side to corroborate the truth. Finally, seek medical attention immediately. Your health should be your top priority, so regardless of how minor your injuries may be, you should be checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident.

Will I need to hire a Long Island personal injury attorney?

In the wake of a serious accident, you may be faced with piling medical bills, the inability to return to work and the inability to transport yourself from one place to another. If someone else was responsible for causing the accident in which you were injured, you should not hesitate to pursue the compensation that you will need to cover these expenses. As such, it is important to enlist the help of a Long Island personal injury lawyer right away and review the circumstances of your accident. By consulting with a legal professional from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., you can rest assured that your best interests will be kept in mind throughout the entire process and that we will do whatever we can to assist you in pursuing the monetary compensation that you deserve.

Get started today by calling our office directly for a free case evaluation immediately. There is no time to waste in the aftermath of a distracted driving accident, as evidence could be lost, so take action today with the help of our firm.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $850,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 65 year old male driving his motor vehicle at approximately 3:00 a.m. when a tour bus pulled out from a parking lot. Plaintiff was driving straight and struck the middle of the tour bus on the driver's side. Defendant claimed that he was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left hand turn and plaintiff had ample to see the tour bus and avoid a collision.

    Defendant additionally argued the reflectors on the side of the bus would make the bus clearly visible and that plaintiff was fatigued from work. Plaintiff suffered broken ribs and a fractured hip requiring an open reduction and necessitating plaintiff walk with the assistance of a cane.

  • $600,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 38 year old livery cab driver. He parked his car at the end of his shift in the dispatch garage and was walking to the office. Another car entered the garage at an unreasonable speed and skidded on oil that was left pooling by the owner of the garage. The car pinned plaintiff up against the garage wall breaking his left tibia and fibula and causing him to suffer permanent limp.

    Defendants claimed there was a safe egress from the garage and plaintiff was responsible for putting himself in harm's way. Additionally, defendants submitted surveillance video of plaintiff participating in recreational sports.

  • $555,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 33 year old man who was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was struck by a motor vehicle and injured his left knee. Plaintiff suffered a torn ACL requiring surgery an extensive rehabilitation. Plaintiff's injury resulted in a 1 inch atrophy of the left quadriceps muscle. Defendant claimed his motor vehicle was stopped at a red light when plaintiff rode off the sidewalk and struck the right front quarter panel of the vehicle.

  • $395,000 Settlement at Jury Selection

    Plaintiff is a seventy year old woman that slipped on ice in her apartment complex owned by the New York City Housing Authority. She suffered a bimalleolar fracture with an avulsion fracture of the medial malleolus requiring an open reduction and insertion of hardware. Defendant claimed they did not have ample opportunity to remove the snow and ice since it had snowed over two feet in the twenty four hours before the accident. Through discovery and further investigation it was revealed that an employee of the defendant was directed to remove the snow and ice from the subject area, but refused his assignment. The area in question, therefore, remained untended for an unreasonably long period of time.

  • $390,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff, a 38 year old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Suffolk County. Plaintiff underwent surgery consisting of a mini-open retro-peritoneal exposure of the lumbar spine with an anterior lumbar interbody decompression and fusion; partial vertebral corpectomy and a lumbar implant L5-S1. Defendant argued that the impact and damage to the motor vehicle was not significant and that plaintiff had a prior accident resulting in her undergoing MRI’s evidencing significant lumbar injuries.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

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